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Saint Felix School


Saint Felix School was founded in 1897 by Margaret Isabella Gardiner who, as a 14 year old girl had said, ‘I want to found a school where girls can be treated as sensible beings’.  The school began in January of that year in a house in Aldeburgh with three girls and a small boy who was sent to learn to read!


In 1898, the school moved to Southwold where it occupied three, then four and finally five houses in the town. Miss Gardiner, however, was determined to have a purpose built school. She employed an architect, raised funds, and the school moved to its present site for the start of the Autumn Tem 1902, its buildings being formally opened on November 15th 1902.


Throughout the twentieth century and into the new millennium, the school has evolved and changed as parental expectations and altered trends in educational philosophy have presented it with new challenges and wonderful opportunities. The buildings have been extended and more land was bought.


Miss Gardiner has been succeeded by nine further Headmistresses and four Headmasters all of whom have brought their own ideas to Saint Felix about educating young minds.


The school has added an indoor swimming pool to replace the much loved but rather chilly outdoor one, a modern sports hall, a 250 seat theatre and a suite of safe and stimulating nursery rooms. It has been fully co-educational for over a decade, admitting boys and girls from two to eighteen years of age.


Saint Felix sits in 75 beautiful acres on the edge of Southwold.  The site is impressive, with long views over farmland, heath and marshes towards the sea.  The picturesque town of Southwold, where the school occupied those five houses over 100 years ago, is within walking distance and offers a striking background to pupils, staff and parents alike. St Edmund’s Church is the setting for the annual Carol services held in December.



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